Music Department Learning Goals, Objectives and Measures

Goal 1:   Our graduates possess knowledge and skills in music.

  • Students demonstrate music literacy and performance competency in their principal applied area as well as functional knowledge of keyboard and other instruments.
  • Measures:  jury sheets and rubrics; student recital programs; piano proficiency exam; videos of recital performances
  • Students demonstrate knowledge and skills sufficient to function as a leader and in collaboration on matters of musical performance interpretation.
  • Measures:  student teaching experience; assignment as section leaders in ensembles

Goal 2:   Our graduates understand the music of their own culture as well as other societies.

  • Students demonstrate basic knowledge of music history, diverse performing traditions and repertoires through the present time.
  • Measures:  Music History projects; documentation of repertoire performed in student recitals, juries and ensemble concerts
  • Students demonstrate ability to synthesize theoretical concepts and historical perspectives in arranging and adapting musical scores, and in rudimentary composing and improvising.
  •  Measures:  Orchestration and Arranging projects; Praxis II exam; piano proficiency exam

Goal 3:   Our graduates use technology effectively.

  • Students demonstrate the ability to use technologies current to their area of specialization.
  • Measures:  competencies identified in music education courses; use of Smart Music and YouTube for applied instruction
  • Students use computer and Internet applications to assist in learning theoretical concepts as well as arranging and performing skills.
  • Measures:  competencies identified in Orchestration and Arranging; use of on-line drills for Applied Theory; use of Naxos Library and Smart Music on-line resources

Goal 4:  Our graduates communicate effectively and use analytical skills as functioning musicians.

  • Students demonstrate an understanding of the common elements and organizational patterns of music, and possess the ability to employ them in aural, verbal and visual analyses.
  • Measures:  competencies identified in Written Theory, Applied Theory and Form and Analysis courses;  Praxis II exam
  • Students demonstrate an understanding of the common elements and organizational patterns of music, and possess the ability to communicate these concepts in diverse musical settings such as rehearsals, performances, and studio and classroom instruction.
  • Measures:  performances, student teaching experience; competencies in conducting and music methods classes